Religious Make Up of National Leaders

The following chart shows the religious affiliation of the general population compared to congress.

The Supreme Court looks a bit different.

Catholic                   5               (Alito, Roberts, Thomas, Kennedy, Scalia)

Protestant                2               (Stevens, Souter)

Jewish                      2               (Breyer, Ginsburg)

Does an elected official’s religion matter? Much was made behind the scenes about Mitt Romney being a Mormon. Recently, a disgruntled office-seeker lambasted one of our supervisors for supporting a pro-choice candidate and congressman. Both the disgruntled office-seeker and the supervisor are Catholic. Why should it matter?

A tragic double murder in Dale City

 Mom, Jean Smith, along with her son Jim, 19, were murdered,Friday afternoon, in their home in Dale City.  The surviving children and father must be reeling from this senseless tragedy.  My heart goes out to the family. According the article in the Potomac News, Jean was very active in her childrens’ lives.

Published: December 19, 2008

A mother and son described as the “kind of people you aspire to be” were found dead in their Dale City home Friday afternoon, Prince William County police said.

Jean Claire Smith, 39, and James Marshall Smith, 19, were discovered by a younger son of Jean Smith at about 3 p.m., Maj. Ray Colgan said.

Mother and son were found in different rooms of their house in the 13600 block of Langford Court, Colgan said.

“It appears to be a double-murder,” he said.

How the Smiths were killed was unclear Friday night, and Colgan said police hadn’t developed a motive for why anyone would harm them.

“They would be called ‘low-risk victims,’” he said.

The family was active at Holy Family Catholic Church, Colgan said, and in activities at C.D. Hylton High School. They seemed to get along with their neighbors.
“This is a fairly quiet neighborhood,” he said as he stood a few feet in front of the Smith home.

Update: There’s another article in the Washington Post at